Board of Ethics

Members
  • Honorable Covette Rooney, Board Chair
  • Robin Barnes-Shell, Esq., Executive Director
  • Cassandra Burckhalter, Member
  • ​Curtis Eugene, Member
  • Anne Magner, Esq., Member
  • Sharon Theodore-Lewis, Esq., Member
Overview
The Board renders advisory opinions to officers and the employees of the County as to all questions arising under the Code of Ethics. The Board hears and deliberates on complaints presented by OEA and authorizes the conduct of investigations in connection with the Code of Ethics. Additionally, the Board is scheduled to hold public meetings every second Friday of the month (feel free to check OEA's calendar page for monthly updates).         
 
Requesting an Opinion
If you would like the Board to render an advisory opinion, please email or forward a written request to:
Office of Ethics and Accountability (OEA),
Largo Government Center,
9201 Basil Court, Suite 155
Largo, Maryland 20774

Requirements
Your request should contain:
  • A complete statement of the facts, including your name, address and phone number
  • Your official position
  • A brief description of your agency, commission or office
  • The nature of the question
  • Requests must be submitted prior to taking an action
After Issuing an Opinion
After issuance, OEA must publish any such opinion in accordance with the County’s Code of Ethics. However, identifying information about you will be redacted unless you consent otherwise in writing.

Identity Protection
In some cases, protecting the identity of the subject is not possible. Whenever possible, opinions are drafted so that deletions to protect identities are unnecessary. If the Board of Ethics finds that the privacy interest of a public employee or other person clearly outweighs the public's need to be informed about the Board’s actions, the Board may publish a list of opinions that have not been published with an explanation stating the reason why each was not published. Additionally, the Board is scheduled to hold public meetings every second Friday of the month (feel free to check OEA's calendar page for monthly updates).